Trip Report-Nam Nao NP Phetchabun Thailand

White Crested Laughingthrush
White Crested Laughingthrush

This trip report covers my visit to  Nam Nao NP Phetchabun on Thursday 29th November 2018. This is my first visit to the park for the 2018/2019 cool season. On this occasion I was accompanied by three “birding pals.”

We arrived at the park about 8.30am and having ascertained from the park rangers that leeches were in abundance we got kitted out with leech socks. My friends chose to bird one of the trails while I spent my day looking for photographic opportunities on the three campgrounds.

This proved a sound move on my part, as later, I discovered that my friends were covered in leeches after their trek, while I was virtually leech free and into the birds.

Although the weather, a mixture of sunshine and dark clouds, was far from ideal for photography, I had a good day and managed a few “keepers.”

Grey Headed Woodpecker(M)

My highlights were seeing 5 species of woodpecker, Black & Buff, Common Flameback, Grey-headed, Grey-capped and Lesser Yellownape all in an area not much bigger than a couple of football fields. Enjoying some interaction with the numerous Red-billed Blue Magpies in the area and adding 5 new species to my Thailand life list. This included a chance to see and photograph the beautiful Velvet-fronted Nuthatch.

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch

My birding pals had an enjoyable day and together we recorded around 30 species. Lots more were briefly seen or heard and remain unidentified. So overall a productive day in this prolific but under-birded venue from where, despite the leeches, we all returned to Phetchabun in a happy state.

My e-Bird checklist can be viewed here.